April 28, 2009

How To Get Rid Of Cold Sores

Posted in Category : Natural Cures

Fever blisters or Cold sores are blisters that appear on the area surrounding the mouth. They are red in color and they are caused by the herpes virus. Although there is no cure for this condition, you can use remedies which will help you reduce the severity of the attack. The remedies may also help reduce the frequency of the cold sores. It is believed that anything which attacks the immune system of the body may trigger the cold sores. So people who are prone to infections and fevers are likely to develop cold sores frequently. People whose diets are not well balanced are also likely to be more prone to this condition. When suffering from cold sores it is a good idea to stay away from chocolate. Peas, nuts, whole wheat produces should all be completely stopped. In addition to this people who have a tendency to this condition should also drastically cut down on their caffeine intake. Diet is an important factor in the cause behind these cold sores. Your diet should be a well balanced one, one that gives you all the nutrients necessary. Eating plan yogurt helps prevent the occurrence of cold sores. You should consult with your doctor about vitamin supplements since taking these may help prevent the cold sores.

Aloe Vera gel is believed to be beneficial when suffering from cold sores. As soon as you notice the beginning of cold sores, you should rub the gel from the Aloe Vera leaf on the affected area. This not only stops the appearance of the cold sores but also helps to heal. If you suffer from pain or discomfort when the cold sores appear you should pack a few ice cubes in a muslin cloth and hold this on the affected area. Along with the Aloe Vera gel, if this is applied at the beginning of the infection, it helps prevent the development of the cold sores. A paste made of one teaspoon of cornstarch and some drops of water can also be applied on the cold sores. This paste can then be washed off with tepid water. Mint leaves are beneficial in case of sores that have already appeared. Run a bunch of mint leaves through a grinder and extract the juice. This can be applied on the sores and will speed up the healing process. Tea is also beneficial – when applied on the cold sores. Steep an ordinary tea bag and once it has cooled down apply this to the cold sores. A tea made of sage leaves and some powdered ginger works at clearing up the boils, especially if it is drunk three or four times a day.